A few days ago I received an email from a college student who I met one evening while at an art gallery in Hawaii. He asked to interview me for a paper he was writing and wanted to know about a certain creative piece of mine entitled "JUST ADD WATER".
What inspired you to create it?
When I created "Just Add Water" I had already completed several crayon drawings of my beach chair series. I enjoyed the personal responses I received from those who pictured themselves sitting in the chairs. People described to me just how they would feel relaxing in the magical settings I had created. Just Add Water was different and was about what I thought happened while the chair was unoccupied, especially once the tide came in.
Is there any deep meaning to it?
The feeling of tranquility is expressed in the life giving force of the blue colors of water and sky through nature, through God who creates all things. The chair represents man's appreciation. The towel represents the soul. The fish represents the breath of life.
What feelings are expressed in the piece?
It would be that something good is possible when we are able to express our imagination in a way that others may interpret or relate to it. Not to understand it,or rationalize it, but to enjoy the impossible possibility of it.
Did you dedicate it to someone in your life?
My wife and companion is the one whom I dedicate all my creative efforts and share my personal thoughts of my work.
How the culture inspired your piece?
As a native Hawaiian growing up on Oahu, Hawaii, the ocean and its mysteries continue to be an inspirational theme for me.
What was difficult/easy?
Thinking things through, taking my time and patience with unexpected problems are part of the creative process. Technical application may become difficult when blending with imagination. What comes easy could be termed as understanding what I am doing. But that's the beauty of it...it's easy because I work so hard at it.